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Poster: naswell Date: Sep 13, 2005 3:13am
Forum: etree Subject: GD Iko Iko

Looking for a spectacular version of this track...my girlfriend LOVES the song and she's heard it once....prefer a great jerry performance

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Poster: Simard Date: Sep 13, 2005 4:07am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: GD Iko Iko

9.2.80 tribal audience out of space... slow and camp-fire.
3.18?95 great sbd (Gans loves it)... lots of character, more or Lesh.
I prefer the I to the Ai...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iko_Iko

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Poster: adroot02 Date: Sep 13, 2005 7:59am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: GD Iko Iko

08-18-89 is one of my favorites for overall feel and performance. Brent is all over this one!

But also, check out 03-30-87-slow and funky, funky....
07-06-87 with the Neville Brothers and they follow it with "Day-O" cool stuff

and 05-09-87 from Laguna Seca. another slow but funky cut. Very Phil heavy performance with a nice laid back lilt to it.

Hope this helps....also, just for novelty sake you can snag 04-01-93 where Phil slips em the April Fool's joke and has someone come out with his bass dressed as Barney as they start Iko for the second set. you can hear when Phil slips back out onstage...crowd goes nuts. Funny, upbeat versaion as they try to make it through while probably laughing like Hell!

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Poster: *Merlin* Date: Sep 13, 2005 12:14pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: GD Iko Iko

9/22/91 Boston Garden. The entire second set flows like water and the Aiko is just hot, Jerry's tone is perfect. I remember on one of the GD DVDs the band is talking about what the song means and Mickey and Bobby indicate that Jacamo fi na nay (however the heck its spelled) roughly translates to "kiss my ass."

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Poster: Purple Gel Date: Sep 13, 2005 7:56am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: GD Iko Iko

I Suggest the Aiko from 8/2/82, jerry's birthday, it's a nice 10 minute funky version that segues from Playin in the band.
This is an old creole song that has become a mardi gras standard in New Orleans. As I understand it, and this was explained to me by a creole bartender in the french quarter many years ago, so take it with a grain of salt if you wish, Jacamo-feena-ana-nae is creole and means something like "kiss my butt" . As far as what Aiko-Aiko means, I never got that story.

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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Sep 13, 2005 8:34am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: GD Iko Iko

You're on the right track! (I went to school in N'awlinz--so sad what's happened to that town, it's hard to even talk about it)...but the song is actually about the rival tribes that used to gather to do literal battle on Mardi Gras day--turf wars, as it were...in later years the fighting took the form of musical taunts and efforts to outdo the other tribes--or in the case of the city, different wards and sections of the city, in everything from colorful dress to drum competitions...

so the lyrics like "My Spy dog see your spotted dog sittin by the bayou...my spy dog say your spotted dog, 'gonna set your tail on Fiy-O" are warnings of the "battle" to come...same w/my Grandma say your grandpa 'gonna fix your chicken Wiy-O"....it's just great rollicking stuff...and BTW, my recommendation for a version that kicks butt is one w/the Neville Bros. from 12-31-87 New Years....doesn't get any truer to the Crescent City sound than the Dead w/the Nevilles.

Hey Now!

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Poster: midnight sun Date: Sep 13, 2005 9:13am
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Great stories! Thanks Gren and Pur for the info.

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Poster: philw Date: Sep 13, 2005 10:12am
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It may be because I was there, but 6/6/92 is one of the best Iko Iko's I've heard

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Poster: adedhed68 Date: Sep 13, 2005 4:24am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: GD Iko Iko

6/14/84 and 11/2/85 are my personal faves.


The 84 version is just rockin, and the 85 version is really crisp and bouncy.


BTW: 4/16/78 has a pretty fantastic version as well

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Poster: Fishead Date: Sep 13, 2005 4:27am
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3-30-90 is one of thee best versions hands down or up !

7-7-89 is a real good one !!!

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Poster: Purple Gel Date: Sep 14, 2005 1:46pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: GD Iko Iko

Another favorite is 9/2/85. This is kinda unique because it is in the middle of the first set and comes out oif another New Oeleans tune, Stagger Lee. It seemed at the show that jerry just kind of pulled it out and caught the others by surprise when he played it that night.
Also, for you Aiko enthusiasts, there are a few very nice accoustic version out there. 10-2-80 at the Warfield, and 10-26-80 at Radio City Music hall. Interestingly, they did not play it at either of the accoustic sets in New Orleans that year.

This post was modified by Purple Gel on 2005-09-14 20:46:42

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Poster: Martin Q Date: Sep 14, 2005 2:02am
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8/30/78... World to give -> Iko

Always been a favorite :-)

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Poster: Fishead Date: Sep 13, 2005 9:33pm
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oh yeah ..i forgot about the 7-10-89 eyeko out of space w/neville bro's ...awesome version !

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Poster: jhender501 Date: Sep 13, 2005 11:22pm
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I'll second the 8/2/8 I love the segue into Playin'..

9/20 (or is it 19)87 is kinda cool as well


Jim

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Poster: Grtfl Prophet Date: Sep 15, 2005 11:42am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: GD Iko Iko

So i was sittin around one day, a little buzzed, roomies watchin simpsons and this commercial comes on Fox. hmmmm i say to myself that jingle sounds awfully familiar. "hey now hey now, malcolm on tv, my fox show is your fox show..." im thinking to myself either i got some crazy good shit or i just heard Aiko Aiko in a commercial. unfortunately it was latter. anybody else hear this crap???

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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Sep 15, 2005 7:53pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: GD Iko Iko

I have been fortunate enough NOT to hear that bastardization of the classic tune. Damn you, Fox!!!

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Poster: Simard Date: Sep 15, 2005 7:59pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: GD Iko Iko

I swear I heard the openning to Shakedown in a pizza commercial once.

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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Sep 15, 2005 10:27pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: GD Iko Iko

"Don't tell me this pie aint got no heart..."

Hilarious!

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Poster: Cosmicharley Date: Sep 17, 2005 6:04am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: GD Iko Iko

As sung by Weir on occassion

'See that woman dressed in tan ( iko iko...)
That ain't a woman, boy, she's a man ( chak-a-mo...)'

or he sometimes just coughed the last line, she's a... hmmmm

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Poster: midnight sun Date: Sep 17, 2005 6:28am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: GD Iko Iko

Since this thread keeps on a goin'...
The "Indian Boy" verse was also sung 12/28/88.
This recording isn't very well balanced as the sound was being adjusted for about half the song. I just have to say I remember the huge smile on Jerry as he stepped up to the mic to kick-off the 3 show run. This suprised me as I didn't witness many post-coma shows. I also remember the smile he would flash at Brent during the thunderous applause at the end of Brent's solos. What a difference from his introspection in the early 80's!

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Poster: Stoutmeal Oat Date: Sep 18, 2005 5:41am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: GD Iko Iko

10/10/94 is a tuff Aiko- Aiko to top, trip-e as hell, bold and infectiously synchropatented. Was correct spelling settled? maybe not..but it's Aiko-Aiko, the "Iko" thing I'm certain (enough) was invented by some short-cutting setlist jottin' fool from Texas sometime wayback- ha. Again..10/10/94 is a tuff Aiko- Aiko to top.

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Poster: StrawRider Date: Sep 13, 2005 2:52pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: GD Iko Iko

Some more Iko Info:
http://www.whitegum.com/intro.htm

Chorus (note 1)
Hey now (hey now)
Hey now (hey now)
Iko iko un day
Jockomo feeno ah na nay
Jockomo feena nay
[repeated twice]

My grandma see your grandpa
Sitting by the Bayou
My grandma see your granpa
Gonna fix your chicken wire (note 2)

[chorus]

My spy dog see your spy dog
Sitting by the Bayou
My spy dog see your spy dog
Gonna set your tail on fire

[chorus]

My little boy see your little boy (note 3)
Sitting by the Bayou
My little boy see your little boy
Gonna fix your chicken wire

[chorus]

My grandma see your grandma
Sitting by the Bayou
My grandma see your grandma
Gonna fix your chicken wire

[chorus]

Notes
"(1) the chorus is fragments of Cajun patois, with more or less phonetic spelling. You will often find "Jockamo" rather than "Jockomo" for example (and Andrew Katzenstein has suggested "Giacomo"). And you sometimes see "feeno ai nan" and "feenan." I don't believe there is a "correct" spelling.
(2) "chicken wire" is what it sounds as if Jerry is singing (though on some other versions it sounds more like "chicko wiyo"). I haven't tracked this line down to any definitive "source" in other versions. Reg Johnsey came up with this explanation:
The way country people celebrated Carnivale/Mardis Gras was to make conical masks out of chicken wire and decorate them, wearing them with costumes festooned with strips of cloth. So, the references to fixing someone's chicken wire sounds like a joking threat to mess up their masks, since part of the battle was how good the costumes were.
(3) in some versions (eg 27 Feb 1990), Jerry sings "My marraine see your marraine" for this line. This is a line that Dr John sings as "My marraine see your parrain." "Marraine" is French for "godmother," though in patois it is often used for "grandmother." "Parrain" is godfather/grandfather. (thanks to Adam Wasserman for the explanation)
On 14 June 1985, Bob Weir sang a couple of verses that are hard to decipher. They seem to be lines from or a reference to another song "Meet The Boys On The Battlefront," recorded by Wild Tchoupitoulas (thanks to David Deephouse for this information):
Meet the boys on the battlefront
The Wild Tchoupitoulas gonna stomp some rump

Meet the boys on the battlefront, sing brother John is gone
Meet the boys on the battlefront, bye bye, cho cho

One additional verse that appears on some lyric collections is below. I haven't yet confirmed whether it definitely sung by the Grateful Dead:
Well look at that girl all dressed in green
She hides a pistol where it can't be seen"

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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Sep 13, 2005 6:39pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: GD Iko Iko

One other great verse, which Jerry rarely sang, but did in Hampton 3-27-88 is:

Indian boy gonna go downtown
Iko Iko all day
and if you don't like what the Big Chief say
just Jockomo fee na nay

(can anyone sing or even read the verses w/out wanting to shout HEY NOW at the top of yer lungs afterward??)

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Poster: midnight sun Date: Sep 13, 2005 5:19am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: GD Iko Iko

Does anyone know the origin of the lyrics?
Just exactly what are the lyrics?
Someone said it was from a kids "hop-scotch" game???

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Poster: 1funkyhonky Date: Sep 23, 2005 5:34am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: GD Iko Iko hey now! some facts

anyone intrested in a great dead book and translation, well as best as can be translated on IKO, check out blair jackson's going down the road - a travel companion.
not only does it have excellent interviews with band members
but also has a great chapter on a lot of song orgins. iko is really laid out and is on page 255 of the book. enjoy the read. btw/ no one knows how it got to be aiko as you will read. it is just simply IKO IKO!

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Poster: Simard Date: Sep 13, 2005 5:54am
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http://www.offbeat.com/artman/publish/article_251.shtml

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Poster: *Merlin* Date: Sep 14, 2005 12:17pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: GD Iko Iko

Nice, Grendel! Your post reminded me of the following lines:

See that girl all dressed in red, Aiko Aiko all day
Betcha five dollars she shoot you dead singing Jacamo fi na nay.
See that girl all dressed in green, Aiko Akio all day
See that girl shes a lovin' machine singing jacamo fi na nay.

So right about wanting to shout Hey Now! Great thread.

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Poster: stratocaster Date: Sep 14, 2005 4:49am
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06-14-1984 and 09-24-1988 are fantastic versions

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Poster: The Bopper Date: Sep 13, 2005 8:49am
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If you are looking for something for your girlfriend, and she doesn't have seasoned GD ears, I would only recommend something between '78-'82. That 9/14/82 recommendation was a good one.

Now for a really unique Aiko (and maybe she'll like this one too)- check out 2/11/86, could be my fav. The drumming is amazing and is performed with the Nevilles.

http://www.archive.org/audio/etree-details-db.php?id=14049

This post was modified by The Bopper on 2005-09-13 15:49:57

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Poster: Brad Leblanc Date: Sep 13, 2005 3:15am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: GD Iko Iko

What's the correct spelling for this? "Iko Iko" -or- "Aiko Aiko"? :)

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Poster: Fishead Date: Sep 13, 2005 4:29am
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or how about "eyeko"

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Poster: jackstraw86 Date: Sep 13, 2005 3:53am
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There's a fantastic version coming out of space (part of the drims track???) on 9-14-82. http://www.archive.org/audio/etree-details-db.php?id=15193
(There's a really nice "High Time from this show too). Jerry's and Bob's interplay at the beginning is great and it's a nice version as well. As far as the spelling oges, both are correct depending on who you are talking to and where they are from. I prefer Aiko over Iko (I'm in the minority here I think), since phonetically, the "AI" sound produces the sound that's sung in the song.

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Poster: bonk Date: Sep 13, 2005 5:11am
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Again...7-7-89!!!!!

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Poster: patkelley Date: Sep 13, 2005 12:33pm
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I think any version where Garcia uses MIDI and plays a horn or something is great. The version on the Dick's Picks from the 91 is good one. I thnk I like "Iko" rather than "Aiko"